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Topic - J. Paul Reddam
The owner of I'll Have Another says he sold his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to a farm in Japan for $10 million, a price that far exceeded any amount he was offered in the United States.
It's like being told, just before the lights go down: "Oh, by the way, Bruce Springsteen has a sore throat tonight. Filling in will be Milli Vanilli."
Trainer Graham Motion has been there before, making the impossibly tough choice not to run a horse dealing with an injury. It was "devastating" for him to hear of I'll Have Another being scratched from the Belmont Stakes with a tendon injury that robbed fans of a Triple Crown bid.
It wasn't the send-off anyone wanted for I'll Have Another. Led in circles around the paddock and then to the winner's circle at Belmont Park, the retired champion was cheered at every turn. This was a ceremony and one final chance to pay tribute to the horse who captured the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and was scratched from the Belmont Stakes with tendonitis in his left front leg.
I'll Have Another's slow walk from the Belmont Stakes security barn to his old home in barn No. 9 was surreal. He looked ready to run for the Triple Crown, his hair was done up in style and he was the center of attention as has been the case since his victory in the Kentucky Derby.
The world was primed to see I'll Have Another turn the corner at Belmont Park on Saturday evening with the Triple Crown on the line. But as the other horses in the Belmont Stakes make that run, the colt who captured the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes will not be with them.
There's nothing in sports quite like the roar and electricity as horses turn for home in the Belmont Stakes with a Triple Crown on the line.
A drive from Veracruz, Mexico, to Belmont Park would take almost two full days and cover 1,992 miles. Throw in a detour to tiny Hastings Park in Vancouver and stops at race courses in California, and you get an idea of what Mario Gutierrez has gone through since 2006.
The button says it all: "We want another." I'll Have Another's trainer, Doug O'Neill was wearing one Tuesday at Rockefeller Center, and so were others not even affiliated with the horse going for the Triple Crown on Saturday.
Capturing the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes brought plenty spoils of victory for Doug O'Neill, the trainer of I'll Have Another. He got to throw out first pitches, attend the Stanley Cup Final and enjoy the spotlight.
Watching from the stands at Churchill Downs and then Pimlico Race Course, Doug O'Neill experienced the thrill of victory twice.
Chasing Bodemeister around the track at Pimlico Race Course, jockey Mario Gutierrez and I'll Have Another also were chasing a chance at history. This is what he and trainer Doug O'Neill were prepared for.
Unlike the Kentucky Derby, Bob Baffert thought he had the Preakness Stakes won with Bodemeister. It was just slow enough that his front-running horse had a good chance to put it away.
In the aftermath of I'll Have Another's Kentucky Derby victory, trainer Doug O'Neill got a little ahead of himself in saying his colt would remain in Louisville a little while longer.
Doug O'Neill spent all evening celebrating I'll Have Another's victory in the Kentucky Derby, finally returning to his hotel room about 2 a.m. Sunday.
He writes there were two offers from U.S. breeding operations, one valued at just less than $5 million, the other at $3 million.
"We are going to have to do some shopping now," he said.